- A shaded, leafy recess; an arbor.
- A woman's private chamber in a medieval castle; a boudoir.
- A rustic cottage; a country retreat.
transitive verbbow·ered, bow·er·ing, bow·ers
To enclose in or as if in a bower; embower.
Origin of bower
Middle English bour a dwelling from
Old English būr
; see bheuə-
in Indo-European roots.
An anchor carried at the bow.
- A bedroom or private apartments, especially for a woman in a medieval castle.
- (literary) A dwelling; a picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat.
- A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods.
- (ornithology) A large structure made of grass and bright objects, used by the bower bird during courtship displays.
(third-person singular simple present bowers, present participle bowering, simple past and past participle bowered)
- To embower; to enclose.
From Old English būr, from Proto-Germanic *būraz. Cognate with German Bauer (“birdcage”), Old Norse búr (Danish bur, Swedish bur (“cage”)).
- A peasant; a farmer.
From Middle English boueer, from Old English būr, ġebūr (“freeholder of the lowest class, peasant, farmer”) and Middle Dutch bouwer (“farmer, builder, peasant”); both from Proto-Germanic *būraz (“dweller”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- (“to dwell”). Cognate with German Bauer (“peasant, builder”), Dutch boer, buur, and Albanian burrë (“man, husband”). See boor, neighbor.
- Either of the two highest trumps in euchre.
From German Bauer.
- (nautical) A type of ship's anchor, carried at the bow.
- One who bows or bends.
- A muscle that bends a limb, especially the arm.
From the bow of a ship
- (obsolete, falconry) A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest.
From bough, compare brancher.